If you’re anything like the rest of us, you know that Westworld season is whiskey-drinking season. Furthermore, if you’re anything like Ed Harris, you know that whiskey-drinking season is best enjoyed neat, straight from the bottle, alongside a tragic traveling companion named Lawrence. The latter aside, you’re going to need a fine whiskey worth savoring. Which is why we’d like to direct your esteemed attention to WhistlePig’s FarmStock Rye Crop No. 002—one of our most dearly beloved whiskeys and the second annual blend of a limited FarmStock release.
The latest of the Vermont-based distillery's innovative farm-based products was crowdsourced from over 500 bartenders, consumers and influencers throughout the country, ensuring the best possible tastemakers were behind the craft. The aging and barreling processes, designed by Master Distiller Dave Pickerell, were comprised of oak barrels from local Vermont trees to create a unique char and toast in their two-year-aged Triple Terroir whiskey. Once that's set in stone, the Terroir is carefully mixed with a 6-year MGPI from Indiana and a 10-year from Alberta Distillers in Canada—the end result boasting a smooth taste that drinks even easier than the previous "001" blend.
With hints of vanilla, citrus and rye spice, the 002 is hand-bottled at 86 proof and takes well to ice and cocktails. Then again, we won’t knock you if you take to removing your Stetson and six-shooter to drink this baby straight up.
You can find a nearby retailer holding this year’s limited release for $73 over at WhistlePig now.